A big meal is not a binge

This holiday season, I keep hearing the word “binge” tossed around really casually, online and in conversation. Like: “How to recover after your Thanksgiving binge”-type stuff. This is a ludicrous misuse of the word. And pretty reckless, too: are we seriously teaching our kids that big family meals are binges? Imagine a typical holiday meal. You’re…

5 mantras to make it through the holidays

The holidays are a fraught time of year for anyone with food issues. Are you worrying about facing your fear foods? Wondering how to stay “on track”? Afraid that if you start eating you won’t be able to stop? It doesn’t have to be this way. There is a cure for binge eating, and it…

Just because it doesn’t happen to you doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen

Months ago, when the New York Times published a piece about the former Biggest Loser contestants, I noticed a reader comment that has stuck with me ever since. As a rule, I aggressively avoid comment sections of…pretty much anything. But there it was, highlighted in the sidebar, in all its judge-y, preach-y glory: “Sorry. But cravings are…

When you don’t know where to start, start with your words

Break free of the diet mentality with some simple ways to change your self-talk. At its heart, intuitive eating boils down to one thing: a change in perspective. So how do you make that happen? It all begins with your thoughts, which become your words, which become your actions, which become your habits. Here’s how you can get…

This. This. This.

The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines on preventing eating disorders in kids, and they don’t suck! These sorts of things usually involve a lot of food rules and calorie-counting recommendations that make me REAL mad, but I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of really great stuff in here! It’s also depressing as…